Westside parties draw police; numerous youths arrested, cited
It was Spring Break on the Westside this weekend, as two parties drew police attention and led to the arrest of numerous youths.
The first took place Friday night at a home in Pacific Palisades, said Officer Ray Barron, of the Los Angeles Police Department's West L.A. station. A neighborhood youth had informed friends through social media that he and his parents were going on vacation to Hawaii.
“He didn’t say come over to my house while we’re gone,” Barron said. However, that’s what a dozen or so of his friends did Friday night, he said.
They broke into the house, drank and partied; some made off with several laptop computers and sound equipment, Barron said. Police arrested 13 people — 11 juveniles and two young adults. Investigators were able to “ping” the computers — activate a tracking mechanism on the machines — and they came up at locations around the Westside.
With concerned parents converging on the West L.A. police station, “our lobby the next morning looked like a PTA meeting,” Barron said.
By Sunday morning, the homeowners and their son were on their way back from Hawaii, Barron said. Investigators are still sorting out who may be charged with trespassing, burglary and possession of stolen property.
On Saturday night a party in Beverly Hills was shut down by police. The party then migrated and grew, with news spreading via smartphones and social media, to a home in the 1300 block of Holmby Avenue in nearby Holmby Hills, said LAPD Sgt. James Muniz.
By about 11 p.m., officers estimated that the crowd was nearly 500 people. One youth was injured when he picked a fight with someone and was knocked to the ground, hitting his head, Muniz said.
Numerous juveniles were cited for curfew violations, possession of marijuana and smoking paraphernalia, he said.
— Sam Quinones
Photo: A party on Holmby Avenue in Holmby Hills drew approximately 500 people Saturday night. Credit: Christina Duerr